Cardinals’ veteran stars go to youthful Marlins By Reuters


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The St. Louis Cardinals, led by such veteran stars as third baseman Nolan Arenado, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and catcher Yadier Molina, are set to go to the Miami Marlins on Monday night time for the beginning of a three-game collection.

The Marlins, in the meantime, don’t have any established stars who’ve the credentials of the Cardinals trio.

Arenado, acquired from the Colorado Rockies on Feb. 1, hit his first homer as a member of the Cardinals in Saturday’s 9-6 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. Arenado is an eight-time Gold Glove winner and a five-time All-Star. From 2015-19, he slugged not less than 37 homers in every season.

Goldschmidt, a six-time All-Star and a three-time Gold Glove winner, elevated his stroll price final season and hit .304. It was his highest batting common since 2015.

Molina is a nine-time All-Star and a nine-time Gold Glove winner. He has additionally received two World Collection titles, and he has respect from just about everybody in baseball, together with Nick Castellanos of the Reds.

Castellanos helped spark a fracas on Saturday when he yelled within the face of Cardinals pitcher Jake Woodford. Molina rapidly protected his pitcher, prompting this revealing postgame quote from the Reds participant:

“(Molina) might’ve punched me within the face,” Castellanos mentioned, “and I’d nonetheless ask him for a signed jersey.”

Molina is 38, Goldschmidt is 33, and Arenado turns 30 on April 16. All three are hoping to contribute on Monday, when the Cardinals will look to snap their two-game shedding streak, together with a 12-1 loss to the Reds on Sunday.

Miami, which was off on Sunday, has a younger crew personified by rookies equivalent to Jazz Chisholm and Trevor Rogers (NYSE:).

Chisholm, Miami’s beginning second baseman at age 23, smoked a triple on Friday. On Saturday, he walked, stole two bases and scored on a shallow sacrifice fly to proper subject. He dived to tag dwelling plate simply as he had gone head first into second and third.

Rogers, a 23-year-old left-hander, is Miami’s scheduled starter for Monday’s recreation. Miami’s first-round choose (thirteenth general) in 2017, Rogers made his main league debut final yr, going 1-2 with a 6.11 ERA in seven begins. Though the ERA was excessive and Rogers allowed 32 hits, together with 5 homers, in 28 innings, he flashed potential with 39 strikeouts.

This yr in spring coaching, Rogers ranked second within the majors with 29 strikeouts, incomes reward from Marlins supervisor Don Mattingly.

Nonetheless, Rogers has but to face the Cardinals in his temporary profession, and in his two dwelling begins final season he had a 13.50 ERA.

Past Rogers and Chisholm, the Marlins do have some veterans who loved success in Miami’s season-opening collection in opposition to the Tampa Bay Rays. Tops on the listing is heart fielder Starling Marte, 32, who went 4-for-5 with a triple and three runs scored in Saturday’s 12-7 win over Tampa Bay.

“Not that we’ll rating a ton of runs each night time,” Mattingly mentioned, “however I do suppose we’re fairly balanced up and down the lineup.”

The Marlins on Monday are anticipated to face Cardinals right-hander Daniel Ponce de Leon, who walked 13 batters in 17 spring-training innings.

Ponce de Leon, 29, has made 33 main league appearances, together with 20 begins, and his ERA has risen in every of his three seasons (2.73, 3.70 and 4.96). His stroll price per 9 innings has additionally gone up every year (3.5, 4.8 and 5.5).

The Cardinals are hoping to supply Ponce de Leon with help, particularly from that stellar trio of Goldschmidt, Molina and a clearly enthused Arenado.

“When you find yourself on the sector with Yadi, you do not need to be the one letting the crew down,” Arenado mentioned. “And I can not consider I’ve bought Goldschmidt batting in entrance of me.”

–Area Degree Media

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